Carolyn Nakagawa

Carolyn Nakagawa is a Yonsei Japanese Canadian who was born and raised in the suburbs of Vancouver, BC. As a poet, her work has been published in magazines across Canada, and her stage plays have been presented in various venues around Vancouver. A recent graduate of UBC’s Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies program, she is currently an intern at the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby.

Updated June 2016

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Picture of a Bride

If there’s one thing we have a lot of here at the Nikkei National Museum (NNM), it’s photographs—we are always sifting through our database, scanning more images, and taking in new donations and loans from different families. That isn’t to say we don’t also have a lot of fascinating artefacts—from old dresses and uniforms to musical instruments, tools, and even swords—as well as artwork, books, and documents, though for me, the photographs feel like the heart of the collection. They’re usually the thing that ends up telling me the most when I ...

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Nikkei Chronicles #5 — Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture

Cindy Mochizuki's PAPER: a meal within a story; a story within a meal.

It’s a misty Sunday afternoon, and I am walking down to the ferry dock at the Yaletown Marina. I barely make the recommended 3:15 p.m. arrival time, and a small group of about twelve people is already waiting. Among the group I’m happy to see Momoko and Maki, who both used to work with me until recently at the museum, local writer Lydia Kwa, and of course Cindy Mochizuki, the artist who has brought us all out here.

Cindy’s assistant hands out oversized headphones and gives us instructions on how to handle them. Don’t ...

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